Invincible

Invincible

by Michael Jackson

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Overview

After a six-year absence from the spotlight, Michael Jackson makes a predictable yet triumphant comeback with the aptly titled Invincible. Several years in the making and reportedly millions of dollars over budget, Invincible is no Thriller, but then again, who expected Jackson to top himself? Instead of reinventing the wheel, Jackson and his hit-squad production team (Rodney Jerkins, Teddy Riley, R. Kelly, and others) take an if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it approach to the disc. Thus, Invincible showcases Jackson's trademark staccato and falsetto-accented vocal style, which is in fine form, particularly on the toe-tapping, piano-driven first single, "You Rock My World" and the lush ballad "Butterflies." Musically, Invincible leans heavily on Jerkins, whose ace production has recharged the careers of Brandy, the Spice Girls, and Whitney Houston, and whose radio-friendly, stuttered beat patterns permeate seven tracks, including the aforementioned "You Rock My World." The album would have sounded more cutting edge, however, if Jackson had called upon hip-hop visionaries such as Timbaland and the Neptunes (Dr. Dre reportedly declined to work on the disc). But what he lacks in innovation, Jacko compensates for with his charismatic vocals and catchy, sing-along lyrics, some of which reflect an age-appropriate maturity -- or at least the growth of his sexual appetite. On "Break of Dawn," a euphoric Jackson exclaims over a quiet storm groove that he won't stop making love til' the break of dawn. Well, sham-on, Mike. And as if a posthumous rap by the Notorious B.I.G. on the energetic "Unbreakable" weren't enough, M.J. recruited rejuvenated hitmaker Carlos Santana for a spicy guitar solo on the Latin-tinged "Whatever Happens." But Jackson needn't worry. Invincible has plenty of chart-topping potential. After all, as he barks on "Unbreakable," "you'll never break me." And coming from a man who has experienced equal shares of superstardom and scandal, truer words were never spoken.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2001
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646940020
catalogNumber: 69400
Rank: 17798

Tracks

  1. Unbreakable
  2. Heartbreaker
  3. Invincible
  4. Break of Dawn
  5. Heaven Can Wait
  6. You Rock My World
  7. Butterflies
  8. Speechless
  9. 2000 Watts
  10. Shout
  11. Don't Walk Away
  12. Privacy
  13. Cry
  14. The Lost Children
  15. Whatever Happens
  16. Threatened

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Jackson   Primary Artist,Conductor,Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Sandra Crouch   Vocals
Babyface   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Howard McCrary   Vocals
Notorious B.I.G.   Rap
Maxi Anderson   Vocals
Andraé Crouch   Vocals
Gloria Augustus   Vocals
Tom Bahler   Choir, Chorus
Mary Brown   Background Vocals
Brad Buxer   Keyboards
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Valerie Doby   Vocals
Kevin Dorsey   Vocals
Freeze   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Nathan East   Bass
Voncielle Faggett   Vocals
Lynn Fiddmont   Choir, Chorus
Kirstin Fife   Violin
Justine Hall   Choir, Chorus
Scottie Haskell   Choir, Chorus
Luana Jackman   Choir, Chorus
Angela Johnson   Vocals
Peter Kent   Violin
Gina Kronstadt   Violin
Michael Landau   Guitar
Melissa MacKay   Choir, Chorus
Sam McCrary   Vocals
Linda McCrary-Campbell   Vocals
Mischke   Background Vocals
Kristle Murden   Vocals
Teddy Riley   Multi Instruments,Digital Drums
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Sally Stevens   Choir, Chorus
Yvonne Williams   Vocals
John Wittenberg   Violin
Brandy   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rodney Jerkins   Multi Instruments
Rob Lorentz   Violin
Thomas Tally   Viola
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Novi Novog   Viola
Ron Taylor   Vocals
Rick Williams   Guitar
Carlos Santana   Guitar,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),Soloist
Stuart Brawley   Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),Soloist
Judy Gossett   Vocals
Kristin Fife   Violin
Nora Payne   Background Vocals
Emanuel Baker   Drums
LaShawn Daniels   Background Vocals
Edie Lehmann Boddicker   Choir, Chorus
Nathan Walton   Choir, Chorus
Richard Stites   Background Vocals
Jason Edmonds   Choir, Chorus
Harold Green   Vocals
Marsha Ambrosius   Background Vocals
Matt Cappy   Horn
Tim Fulford Brown   Vocals
Gerald Hayword   Drums
Patrice Morris   Vocals
Mario Vasquez   Background Vocals
Sue Merriett   Vocals
Late Great Daniel Johnson   Vocals
Robin Lorentz   Violin
Brandon Lucas   Choir, Chorus
Zandra Williams   Vocals
Brett Tattersol   Choir, Chorus
Andrew Snyder   Choir, Chorus
Alice Jean McRath   Vocals
Ricky Lucchse   Choir, Chorus
Jonathon Lucas   Choir, Chorus
James Lively   Choir, Chorus
Laquentan Jordan   Vocals
Zaneta M. Johnson   Vocals
Tenika Johns   Vocals
Prince Jackson   Narrator
Tabia Ivery   Choir, Chorus
Micha Haupman   Choir, Chorus
Robert Bolyard   Choir, Chorus
Tess Escoto   Vocals

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer,drum programming
Michael Jackson   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Bill Meyers   Arranger
R. Kelly   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Choir Arrangement
Brad Buxer   Programming,Engineer,drum programming
David Campbell   Arranger
Gil Cang   Composer
David Coleman   Art Direction
David Daoud Coleman   Art Direction
Freeze   Producer
Jon Gass   Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Mick Guzauski   Engineer
Jean-Marie Horvat   Engineer
George Mayers   Engineer
Bill Meyer   Arranger
Teddy Riley   Producer
Bruce Swedien   Engineer
Tommy Vicari   Engineer
Rodney Jerkins   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Mike Ging   Engineer
Dexter Simmons   Engineer
Stuart Brawley   Engineer
Chris Tucker   Introduction
Andre Harris   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Andreao "Fanatic" Heard   Producer
Richard Stites   Producer
Uri Geller   Illustrations
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Paul F. Cruz   Engineer
Steven Hankinson   Cover Design
Jeff Taylor   Remixing
Michael Prince   Engineer
David Paul Campbell   String Arrangements

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Invincible 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 146 reviews.
gron4u More than 1 year ago
I may be the first to write a review after MICHAEL JACKSON'S death.It really bothers me that this world has really gone to the jugular to try to destroy all of the people who are famous and are sincerely abide in TRUE LOVE.This world is not capable of accepting that a man can have so great of a need for abiding in the comfort of childhood.....something that he never was allowed to live out when he was biologically a child.Everything was thrust at Michael Jackson at the wrong time in his chronologic development.It is no wonder that he lived in a bubble world of fantasy.....of the simple childlike innocence.I do not believe that Michael Jackson was capable of doing the sick things he was accused of.Yes, he was considered eccentric. Yes,he did things that were not wise ,like hold his baby over the rail.He was a twisted individual who did not know how to exist in a "normal" world. I am the father of a mentally handicapped from birth manchild.I understand how it is/was for Michael Jackson in this judgmental world. My son has the same struggles. There is no hiding place for those that are childlike in an adult body.The world is a cruel place to exist when you do not quite measure up to the standards of people who have no right to judge anyone in the first place. Yet it seems that is all this society has time for is double standards for race ,gender,sexual preference,occupation ,nationality....whatever is not the so called standard of acceptance. This country is SICK and has been for some time. We have vilified Muhammad Ali and later praised him.We did the same thing to Nelson Mandela.This is the same attitude that made the crowd willing to free Barrabas and crucify Jesus Christ.WE CRUCIFY OUR CELEBRITIES AND HAVE NO REMORSE THAT IS GOING TO LAST MORE THAN 30 DAYS.WE ARE A MAD SOCIETY ! Yes, this is supposed to be a review for a music CD.Michael Jacson is dead now and all of the foul jokes and the pressures of celebrity helped to kill him.The real Michael Jackson,because he looked at life and love through the eyes of a child,knew more about what Jesus and Muhammad teach about coming to God as innocent as a child.Rest in PEACE, MICHAEL. This world loves you....even though it still needs the lessons you tried to teach them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The fact that the detractors will/can only compare Invincible to Michael Jackson's other works speak volumes about both Mr. Jackson and his "reviewers". Intentional or not, they only prove what's already known. He is an artist without equal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
need i say more...MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!! i'm really pleased with this cd and i am only 17 the songs heartbreaker, break of dawn, you rock my world, butterflies and my favorite song by him besides "in the closet" and "bad" HEAVEN CAN WAIT once you here that track it's over seriously the song is very underminded
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can't hate on this wonderous album, I'm sorry you just can't. Yeah it's not Thriller but guess what? It's not supposed to be. This album when it came out was very underrated and Sony didn't do right by it with all the "big advertisement" they showed it. It was underrated then and it is now. This album is amazing, MJ proves he can keep up with the times like no other artist, every song is a 5/5. If you really listen to the songs and let the message sink in, you'll like it. However if you're not so much into old modern music then I suggest you keep listening to the "classic" such as Thriller and Bad, really though, this album should really be up there on the list like his other previous albums, the fact that it's not stuns the hell out of me because this album is gold and nothing less. He may not could have topped himself, but if the late and great Michael Jackson couldn't, who could right? Please get this album and actually listen to it!! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i don't know what happened to my review....but anyways alot of people have disliked this album and think it's a flop. after listening to this album, i find it to be enjoyable. i can't really say that this is his weakest album or bad album. MJ barely had any "weak" albums. he's a perfectionist when it comes to music. it may not be with the likes of thriller or bad, it's still a decent album to listen to. Compared to the majority of albums they have out now, i'll rather listen to this album. it's sooo much better. MJ is one of the few people that had kept his voice in perfect condition. His voice never deteriorated like singers such as Whitney or Mariah (thank God). His voice sounded good just as it did 30 years ago. He could still do those beautiful falsettos. He never did lost his appeal. 1. Unbreakable-it's unfortunate that people tried to "break him" until his passing. even though those heartless people tried to break his soul, his music and legacy will continue to be "unbreakable". when he goes high pitched, i smile every time. the rap verse with biggie was nice. 5/5 2. Heartbreaker-i like the video game sounds in the background. it reminds me of nsync's celebrity. 5/5 3. Invincible-yup, you tell them babe. tell those haters and wannabes that they CAN'T do it like you. you put them in their place. you will always be superior!!! 5/5 4. Break Of Dawn- this song is one of the best tracks. this song sounds so gorgeous and seductive with the flute in the background and MJ wanting to "make love until the break of dawn". 5/5 5. Heaven Can Wait-I LOVE LOVE LOVE this song!!! everytime i hear him says "you're beautiful, you're wonderful, you're incredible", it puts a smile on my face. it's like he's speaking to you. he should have defintely released this as a single. MJ can sound so good in all genres whether it be rock, pop, rnb, or blues. how ironic that he wrote this song years before his passing. what's even more ironic was that i saw some drawings that describe the lyrics very well. usher and ne-yo got NOTHING on this song!!!. 5/5 6. You Rock My World-he sure did!!! he let everyone know that he was back and he's still here to stay!!! wonderful comeback. chris tucker in the video was really funny. 5/5 7. Butterflies-another favorite of mines. that's classic michael right there. his falsettos put JT in his place and remind him that he's the ORIGINAL. it's gives me goosebumps just to hear Mike's voice. ooooooo. MJ has sexiness written all over him. me like! 5/5 8. Speechless- i love hearing his voice without the music. that alone can make anyone "speechless". 4/5 9. 2000 Watts-i'm laughing at the youtube people who didn't think this was MJ. i love his deep voice in the song. it sounds very futuristic. it's a great song to shake your booty to. 5/5 10. You Are My Life-this song is like a lullaby to his children. it's very beautiful and heartwarming. it's one of those moments where you say "awwwwwww". 4/5 11. Privacy-it's no "leave me alone", but the beginning and the camera flashing sounds were funny. 4/5 12. Don't Walk Away-i know how painful it is to have everything so perfect until it slips aways. poor michael, i can totally relate. 4/5 13. Cry- this song is ok....i want to like this song but it's nothing out of the ordinary. 3/5 14. The Lost Children-how many people do you know would write clean, decent songs for c
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new album is fantastic. He shows that he is the best and he's back. With catchy tunes, and strong emotional ballads he hasn't changed one bit. Great album
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi! I bought this album the day it came out, and between then and now, I have had to buy 2 copies because I have listened to it sooo much! If Michael keeps on with the style of music in this album, it will be like the old days.... Everyone liking him. Michael needs one outta-this-world album and he will be back, flooding the radio airwaves, and everything!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an absolute joy! It was filled with finely made music. I loved speechless it was incredible, and lost children was deeply moving. I really believe that Michael shows us all on this album that there's knowone quite like him,and that he's still got it. If your afan of good music this is a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a master piece!! Michael is back with a super combo of his earlier ''Thriller like'' unique sound, and the current alternative sounds. He has produced a super talnted CD with a great variety of talents including Santana!! This is going to be a classic, one of his greatest works and achievements! Taking his time was ultimately paid off with this super invincible album!! I love him!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Jackson ROcks - simple!
Guest More than 1 year ago
He is amazing, i have the album and he is the only person that has a cd that i can listen to the whole thing with out skipping tracks. i cant even do that with all that now 7 stuff. everyone who gives this a bad review is just jelouse that through 30 years of being wrongfully accused, treated terrible, had stories made up about him all the time, all to bring him down from the top he can still be #1 all over the world
Guest More than 1 year ago
i want to preface this review by sayin' that i've never been a die-hard fan of michael jackson, not even a lukewarm or fairweather fan. but i do admire and respect his love for what he does, as well as the attention he pays to each and every track he has performed on all of his releases. the trend continues here in grand fashion on ''invincible''. tracks like ''....world'', ''whatever happens'', ''butterflies'' & ''heartbreaker'' are among my favourites, but there isn't a a cut on here that doesn't boast tight musical production and superb crystal-clear vocal work. 16 selections, no filler - THAT'S what you buy a cd for (or at least, what I buy one for). they say that michael is back? hmmph - i daresay he even LEFT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
He has giving us love in his music, he has reach out the world through his music and dancing performers. He is true living music messiah that is still alive. Let pray that he will continue to heal the world especially the children of the world through his music and kindness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having heard around 80% of the album already, I can say that this album is an album that is definately worth buying. The production on this album is great and Michael's voice sounds as good as ever. The more you listen to the songs, the better they get. I can't wait to get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Michael Jackson fan and expected a lot out of this CD, but got nothing. The first four songs sound the same, and the only hit is ''You Rock My World.'' That is the only song on the album that I like.
Cam241 More than 1 year ago
I picked up this CD at Barnes and Noble a few days ago and I love the music on it. I never knew that MJ had put out this CD back in 2001. I never heard any of these songs till after he died. When I heard this album online I had to go and get this cd. I love almost every song. This cd is so different than anything you hear on the radio, I wish they would play the songs on this cd but I don't think most of them were released for radio play as a single. It's really too bad he had to die for people to fully appreciate this man. It's a shame he was treated badly for a long time. Sure he had issues, but his music is great and I don't see anyone who can possibly ever begin to replace his talent. It's going to take some time for many people who really loved him to get over his death. What a loss for the music industry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MICHAEL IS THE BEST DANCER AND SINGER AND ALL AROUND ENTERTAINER THAT EVER LIVED!!! I'M GLAD TO SEE HE'S BACK AND DOIN' WHAT HE DOES BEST ONCE AGAIN!!! I LOVE ALL OF HIS NEW SONGS AND I REALLY ENJOYED HIS NEW VIDEO AND HE WAS OFF THE HOOK WITH HIS 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!!! I LOVE YOU MIKE!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe Michael is gonna moonwalk into the grammys and show the world again that he can do what he wants to...Buy the ablum you'll enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good CD despite what some critics will write. Almost every song on the CD is good and Michael has come strong with his new CD. There are some good dance songs as well as slow jams.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can i asy about Michael?He is the best .Whatever he does,he does it in style.That's the same with ''INVINCIBLE''also. Frankly speaking i am beginning to like the album more and more as i keep on listening to it.I feel that he has done a great job to shut the critcs. He has also be quite innovative with his versatile voice(we all know that).And the range which he has displayed is quite tremendous. I have no doubts that this album will get him atleast a handfull of Grammy's which he rightly deserves. I think that this time the meteor,''Michael'' will flash forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Jackson has been well worth the wait, I have listened to most of the CD and I havent been disappointed yet. I am in love with ''Speechless'' Michael is truly the King of Pop!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Micheal has done it again with Invincible. He is a top-shelf artist with a top-shelf album. I don't think he's getting the recognition and airplay he deserves. Great music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is full of wonderful new sounds but with the same Michael Jackson twist to it. Some of his songs are predictable, however. For example, 'Privacy' is about the press leaving him alone and 'The Lost Children' is about helping the unfortunate children of the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that I did review this new album for Michael Jackson and it is simply a peace of musical ART. ''The Break of Dawn'' was so well sung with beautiful emotion and feeling it brought me into its meaning leaving me just feeling the music, another song that was just hard to belive was michaels work,''Speechless,'' this song is an emotional classic with touching lyrics and sound that leaves you feeling again the very pit of the song, song after song this album is almost like a journey though pure soul music with bits for everyone. I belived once that this Artist could never come musicly close to that of ''thriller,'' I must say in truth that this album sit's in the same sit it is a remarkable album full of love songs and sweat feelings and would be a joy for anyone who simply loves ''Just the Music.'' Finaly, I as far as sells. Due to Michael's recent music many will believe this album is the same old stuff from him and want even give it the time of day. As for me I'm glad I decided to review. If it only sells a million, I'll feel lucky. Thank you Barnes.